July 20, 2014

"The Earth abides."
Ian Edginton & Francesco Trifogli
Vertigo Comics, 2014
144 pages, cmyk, digital

Post-apocalyptic futures abound. We're used to see them everywhere , on tv, books or movies. We're just not used to them like the one portraited in "Hinterkind".
The human race is on the verge of extinction, cities have reverted to a more primitive landscape with vegetation overcoming everything and wild animais are roaming free.
All because of the Blight, the event that changed the world. And, once again, it's all our fault.
After her grandfather's own departure to investigate strange happenings outside Manhattan, Prosper Monday decides to leave her community with her friend Angus. Angus' recently discovered physical changes (not talking about puberty, people, Angus has - wait for it... - a long furless tail) have him fearing ostracization or worse and leaving seems to be the only choice. When they encounter a Troll on their journey, things take a turn for the worse.
What began as a standard post-apocalyptic trope his suddenly turned on its head with the introduction of creatures from a completely different genre. "Hinterkind" is precisely about that, being able to surprise the reader with a couple of curveballs that twart his/her expectations.
It's a very well paced comic, taking its time to build up tension and mistery (you could argue that this story probably works better as an ongoing monthly title than as a collection) , working well as the introductory text for what will surely be an epic journey. The characters are well developed and diverse, and somewhat familiar while subverting old-school conventions.
Francesco Trifogli and Chris Peter's art isn't flashy but is very funcional and does its job really well. I still feel that Trifogli could improve on his facial expressions that sometimes don't convey the subtlety of feeling that the words need (an example is when head councilman Ross is confronted by his wife with the sugestion of sending his presumed mistress to accompany Asa on his trip).
Something that clashes a bit with the naturally rough artwork is the lettering, that, at times, most noticeably the sound effects, is almost plastic in appearance.
The book has a "young adult" feel about it, maybe because of the similiarities between the Prosper and another recent favorite protagonist. Which isn't in anyway a bad thing.
So, this is a great start to Vertigo's new series with enough mistery and ingenuity to have left me wanting to read more of it.
If you like sci-fantasy books with a secret to uncover, this is your book.

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